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Two heads of garlic – a painting a day

 4.5″x6″ 11cm x 15cm watercolour on heavyweight rag paper

I’ll try garlic, I like garlic both to eat and paint. It has a magic shape quite prim and organised and then you break it open to cook with it and the tight skin unravels in a chaotic flaky mess and the colours emerge on the side of each clove.

When I did a pottery class I wanted to make a vase in the shape of a head of garlic, it would have been white porcelain had I ever got to grips with the porcelain clay which can slump and fold up in the kiln.

That’s an example of an idea which was perfect until I tried to actually realise it in 3d.

The garlic is only so so, I will come back to it again or rather a different piece as no.1 son wants to make curry and chips and banana fritters in his final cooking practical. “Not very balanced “we said, his eyes began to bulge “So? We can do what we want today and I like the idea”.

Incidentally a few days back he was taken off curriculum in order to work on his geography course work, he rang up after an hour saying his teacher still had his work and was on sick leave, could I find the drafts and e-mail them to the school, I did , At 2.45 the subject head rang me (finally) to say that they had been unable to open the email due to them working on an older Windows package than the one we use, I offered to get the IT sorted out but as they said there was no point as the school day was nearly over……


#5 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

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  1. Lynne W
    March 30, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I think you have captured the true pleasure of garlic, cracked open and left on the side, uncooked and uneaten (eating the stuff is not, for me, a pleasure). I can hear that dry crackle.

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